10 Foods That Can Help You Sleep

16 Mar
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<strong>1) Bananas</strong>

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Bananas contain potassium and magnesium. This duo acts as natural muscle relaxants. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which promotes sleep.

Tryptophan turns into serotonin and melatonin when it’s in the brain. Serotonin induces relaxation. Melatonin encourages sleepiness.

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<strong>2) Cherries</strong>

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Cherries are a natural source of melatonin which helps induce sleep. Flax seeds, sunflower seeds and herbal teas also contain melatonin.

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<strong>3) Complex carbohydrates</strong>

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Complex carbohydrates like whole-grain breads and cereals, as well as brown rice, may help you sleep.

Stay away from simple carbohydrates like white bread, cookies and pastries which reduce serotonin levels and may keep you awake.

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<strong>4) Dairy foods</strong>

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Dairy products contain tryptophan. Milk, for instance, is full of tryptophan, so it can have a sedative effect. It also contains calcium, which helps regulate melatonin production.

Other foods high in tryptophan include bananas, eggs, honey, nuts and seeds.

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<strong>5) Healthy fats</strong>

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Healthy Fats Help You Sleep

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Unsaturated fats in foods like avocados and olive oil will enhance heart health and increase your serotonin. Include omega-3 essential fatty acids from foods like anchovies, salmon and tuna.

Many nuts contain unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

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<strong>6) Herbs</strong>

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Fresh herbs such as sage and basil contain elements that decrease tension and enhance sleep.

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<strong>7) Nuts</strong>

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Nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews contain protein and magnesium among other nutrients. Magnesium encourages both sleep and relaxation of muscles.

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<strong>8) Oatmeal</strong>

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A bowl of oatmeal gives you calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and silicon. These nutrients will help you sleep. Just go easy on the brown sugar.

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<strong>9) Protein</strong>

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Proteins such as cheese, chicken, turkey and fish are high in tryptophan, which will also increase serotonin. A good high-protein snack might be a hard-boiled egg, cheese, a handful of pumpkin seeds or meat.

High-protein foods also fight acid reflux which can often making sleep a challenge.

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<strong>10) Tea</strong>

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Green tea contains the amino acid theanine, which is helpful for sleep. This also holds true for other types of tea, if they are decaffeinated.

Sleep can be hard to come by. Did you know that what you eat can have a big impact on your ability to get a good night’s sleep? Check out our slideshow to learn more.

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